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this is a beautiful, low trafficked gem we just finished hiking. bring lots of water!! it never gets too steep, but this will take you a good 5-6 hours with only breaks for water. you'll cross the creek 15-20 times going all the way up and back. there's no real end goal or location, just pretty scenery throughout. we were the only two on the trail and didn't see any footprints suggesting anyone else had been there in a while. right as the hike starts, cross the river or you'll go up the wrong canyon that's more like rock climbing that abruptly ends!

backpacking
5 days ago

I have to remember that these reviews are all subjective. I almost decided not to go based on reviews. However, this hike is not hard. I did it in August, 99° weather, and just did it right.

I hiked in at 6 pm. It was still almost 100° but it was mostly in shade. Took me only 3 hours, and the last half hour was in the dark. I found it just fine.

The morning view is worth sleeping on the rocks. Just remember that water is very important. I have a very large bladder for my backpack, and also took my 32 oz hydroflask. It was barely enough.

hiking
8 days ago

The prettiest canyon I’ve ever seen.

Hike was great and trail well marked. Definitely remember it is an impacted 26 mile venture from the turn off. You will encounter a few deep perpendicular ruts as well as pockets of loose sand along the way. Be careful as a tow truck runs up to a $1000 according to the clerk at the nearest convenience store. Trail well worth the effort.

It was just ok, you're really doing this for the petrified trees. I had already seen them in the Black hills so this was nothing special.

You need to do the optional loop to see a decent amount of the petrified wood which is indeed rather steep.

Fun trail, really busy in the beginning, very narrow in some places.

So interesting! The interpretive guide is helpful to really appreciate this unique hike. It is fairly easy, and worth the time. We were alone on the trail which was an added bonus. The state park is a pleasant spot to rest for lunch by the reservoir- the Frogs sounded great.

A short hike to a great little arch in a wash. Hike up the wash 100 yards to find the tunnel/subway fed by a dry waterfall. The wash is prone to flash flooding so watch the weather.

This was an awesome hike. We started from Lake Powell on a boat and hiked up. Then we hiked back down. It isn’t a marked smooth path though. And the rocks get very hot, painful for dogs little paws so be aware. I felt chills many times as I hiked up to the top. Wonderful history and a bit hard for me but worth it. I loved it.

26 days ago

Definitely start early to beat the heat! Coming back was rough. They mean what they say about the water, drink it all! Some of the most amazing views I have ever seen and up close and personal. Crawling through these sandstone slots was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Highly recommend. We want to do Zebra Slot next time!

Side note, the road was over an hour driving in from the Escalante side of Hole in the Rock Rd, and well maintained but more comfortable with a high clearance vehicle for sure !

Great hike! Probably one of the most amazing hikes I have ever done. Highly recommend starting early. We hiked this trail on a Wednesday and started by 7:30. We were first on the trail but by the time we we're back at the TH there were at least 10 other groups hiking in and a line to climb up in to Peekaboo. We hiked this loop in reverse. Spooky to Peekaboo. Spooky is narrow in spots. if you are a little bigger of a person you may find it challenging to get through. It is litterally only about 11 inches wide in spots. Going in reverse requires some scrambling/quick climbing manuevers but was a fun challenge. Overall an easy and amazing hike! We completed it in 2.25 hours from start to finish.

Recommend hiking as a loop. Take the normal trail in and traverse the 5 Creek crossings. They weren't deeper than halfway up my calf at any of them. Then on your way out take the shortcut trail back. Was a great loop hike and big change in scenery. We hiked in 95 degree heat. Left early morning and the hike down was no problem. Hiking out and climbing back up the wall at the end to get to the car was a good challenge. If it's over 90 I would say this trail rating increases to hard. We both took 3 liters of water in camelbacks and 3 water bottles. GPS made this hike much easier! HIGHLY RECOMMEND GPS!!! Can't imagine trying to decipher all the spinoff trails from the real trail without it!

I wouldn’t recommend it. AllTrails currently has it listed as 6.6 but it’s longer than that. The NPS website lists just tunnel slot out and back at 7.2, geometry tells me that if you take a roundabout way back via zebra slot instead of the straight line it has to be longer than 7.2. We clocked it at right around 7.9.

The slots were cool but I’m not sure the 7.8 miles of hot, blah dessert with zero shade was worth it. If I were going to recommend anything to people it would be just do Zebra slot out and back (5.7 miles) and make sure to do it early or late don’t be out in the middle of the day. The tunnel slot wasn’t very exciting and those three extra miles in the July heat really sucked.

It is not only great for kids...it's a giant playground for adults!! Really super for a short morning or late afternoon trip!!

hiking
1 month ago

Scenic interesting easy hike. No crowds or traffic in June. Waded chest high cold but refreshing water. Would have been much easier to locate if we'd had this app.

Yikes wish we had read Doug’s post from last year , we only hiked to the bridge , not knowing about the arch , dwelling, or petroglyphs beyond the bridge .Start early , we hiked early afternoon & it was a scorcher ! The multiple water crossings were cooling, but not deep , so we kept crossing bare/footed which slowed us down as we put hiking shoes on/off. Long stretches of this trail are full sun & deep sand. We found ourselves rushing to each shady spot for relief .The sand definitely slowed us down. Look forward to repeating this hike just earlier in the day & continuing further.

backpacking
1 month ago

We choose to do the Red Well route to Coyote Gulch and we were very pleased we did. Just as you drop into the wash/Gulch, there is a slot canyon on your right hand side. We saved exploring this for on our way back out due to a making late start on a very warm day. This route was very scenic in our opinion and also gets you to water, trees and shade much quicker. Arches, overhangs, petroglyphs and overall gorgeous scenery throughout. Made us feel very tiny being surrounded by these beautiful towering walls. Especially at James Hamberlin Arch, very impressive. We saw a fair amount of wildlife including lots of deer, a badger, a variety of birds, and the lizards and toads were everywhere. We did also have some mice visit our campsite after dark. And when we were on our day hike, something (maybe squirrels or raccoons) got into our dry bag of food even though it was hung from a tree, but thankfully didn’t get everything. Plenty of campsites along the creek, especially once you pass the intersection of hurricane wash. If you stay in the creek bed the whole way, the distance will be slightly longer then indicated. In total we logged 28 miles and still didn’t quite make it to the Escalante River, first timers errors. It can be done without getting your feet wet if you do creek crossings in the right places and wear waterproof boots. The creek was a refreshing break for those tootsies though. The campsite we choose had a small waterfall (which may be an overstatement to call it a waterfall) that made filtering water easier and also just enough of a pool to get your lower half of your body submerged when sitting. Since it was during warmer weather, it was a nice way to cool off before bedtime.

Loved this hike! It was very challenging and worth every minute of that awful 26mi wash board road drive.

Go early, pack plenty of water, and wear a hat! I would rate this hard, but I'm out of shape so gauge accordingly.

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike with three little kids, ages 6, 7, and 10 when it was hot and windy. We started at 12:00, which is definitely one thing I would change given that it was just so hot during the hike back. I would recommend starting at 8:00 if the forecast calls for high temperatures. The slot canyon is beautiful and fun, with great photo opportunities.

This was an excellent way to spend an entire day hiking in a beautiful place. The only downside for me was that I only had a day to enjoy this amazing place.

Great hike and super dog friendly. Lots of place for the pup to cool off. Only thing I’d do different is bring river shoes. I went barefoot after the second crossing or so and the sand does get plenty hot.

Lovely, relaxed hike through sand and 4-5 shallow river crossings. The natural bridge at the end is towering and majestic. The babbling stream cooled our feet, and around every curve, a stunning, different canyon view appeared.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike, great scenery. Trail follows the river so if you or the pups get hot, wade on in. The water was a great break.

hiking
2 months ago

Neat area to wander around in for awhile. Lots of little side trails to explore, with cool rock formations. There is no water at the park.

hiking
2 months ago

Really fun hike, tunnel slot had 16in of freaking cold water in it and a small pool just past it. The water was a great break from the 90' heat. Zebra was dry but very cool inside.
There is a rock arrow marking the entrance to tunnel out on the wash. Only trouble we had was getting a 70lb dog over the rock fall just past the pool.
Overall a great hike! Take twice as much water as you think you'll need. Me and the dog blew through 6 liters!

Great adventure. Worth the 50 miles of bad road. The reviews do not do it justice. Keep in mind this is a physical endeavor. Bring plenty of water. Start with peek a boo and come down spooky. Spooky is very narrow. You will need to carry your backpack in you hands, walk sideways and shuffle your feet through most of it. One difficult point in spooky. When you come to the big boulder blocking the path you will need to go under it. Look for the white rock. There are two ways down. Choose wisely. A rope would help. Enjoy.

I've done this twice now and recommend starting from crack-in-the-rock and hiking thru to hurricane wash trailhead. This way there is no uphill elevation change. Take two cars and park one at each trailhead. You wouldn't miss much by coming out at Jacob Hamblin arch.

when you get to Harris Wash, cross the (dry) stream and continue following road until the next dry stream, only about .1 mile. go left up the stream and keep going until you get to some cairns (rock stacks) that will lead you around the dry waterfall that you can’t pass. You will be pretty high up at that point, but there is another path of cairns about .1 mile after the dry falls to lead you back down. if you do not see any cairns, the path back down begins where you see a form similar to a slide that looks easy to descend compared to any other area around you. If you continue to see cairns and you think you have gone too far, you probably have and you’re on the trail that you can take on the way back if you go the entire way through the trail, just turn around and find the safer way down into the canyon, you don’t wanna miss the fun. I missed it and set up some cairns today to better show the descend point. This hike should not be done is sneakers or sandals. Hiking boots or approach shoes with great grip on soft rock. I went through all 3 liters of water in my reservoir on this trek, and I carried an extra bottle with me. the majority of this hike is in sand, you will get better traction in the sand areas if you walk in the spots with more pebbles. there are a lot of chokes you have to navigate in this slot canyon, and it gets pretty narrow in certain spots. this is NOT a hike for someone that is claustrophobic or afraid of heights. you will be wedging yourself between rocks in many areas and using your entire body to solve the problems in the slots. GOOD LUCK, it’s beautiful!!!

backpacking
2 months ago

We started the hike in around 10 pm. We had downloaded the map so we could hike in later. The hike at night was beautiful and nice and cool. We made it to just above the river then camped a night. The next morning we started the hike to the cathedral. We decided to stay in the river as much as possible so we made the hike a little longer but it kept us cool. The cathedral was beautiful and the hike in the river was very enjoyable!! We hiked out around noon and the last part of the hike where you gain a lot of your elevation was brutal in the sun! We filtered at the last portion of water and was out by time we reached the trailhead!

Amazing views, fun hike for the whole family. Take lots of water, the red rocks get very hot.

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